Diagnosing and Documenting Dementia

Activity description

Dementia is a disorder that is characterized by a decline in cognition involving one or more cognitive domains such as learning and memory, language, executive function, complex attention, perceptual-motor and social cognition. Causes of dementia can be reversible, or they can be irreversible and progressive. There are many factors that can cause symptoms of dementia. Potentially reversible dementia symptoms include those caused by depression, stroke, traumatic brain injury and certain medications. Irreversible and progressive dementias include Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia and frontotemporal dementia. This activity will define neurocognitive disorders and outline the clinical practice guideline recommendations for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Risk factors, screening tools and the diagnosis and treatment of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease will also be discussed.

Provided By
This activity is provided by OptumHealth Education.

Commercial Support
This activity is supported by OptumCare.

Hardware/Software Requirements
To view this activity you will need Internet Explorer 7.0+ or Firefox 3.0+ with Windows Media Player 9+, RealPlayer 12+ or Adobe Flash Player 9+. Be sure to disable any pop-up blocking software prior to beginning this activity.

Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians — including family physicians — coders and other health care professionals interested in dementia.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to

  • Define neurocognitive disorders (NCDs).
  • Describe the prevalence, clinical features, risk factors, screening tools and diagnosis of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Differentiate between dementia and depression or depression coexisting with dementia.
  • Discuss the Alzheimer’s Association clinical practice guideline recommendations for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
  • Describe the reasons why dementia is underdiagnosed and undertreated.
  • Identify the benefits, risks and side effects of medications used to treat dementia. 
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AAPC - Coders
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 

Seth M. Keller, MDSeth M. Keller, MD
Co-Chair, National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices
President Emeritus, American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry
Neurologist, Advocare Neurology of South Jersey
Lumberton, NJ

About the presenter
Seth M. Keller, MD, is a board-certified neurologist who specializes in the evaluation and care of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) with neurologic complications. He cares for individuals with I/DD both in the community as well as in New Jersey’s intermediate-care facilities for the developmentally disabled (ICF/DD). Dr. Keller is on the Executive Board of the Arc of Burlington County as well as on the board for the Arc of New Jersey Mainstreaming Medical Care Board. Dr. Keller is actively involved in national and international I/DD health education as a speaker and as a webcast and workshop participant.

Sarah Chart, RN
Senior Director
OptumHealth Education
Eden Prairie, MN

Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education
Eden Prairie, MN

Kevin Heath, MD, MHL, FACP
Medical Director, Clinical Performance
Lawrence, KS

Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial SupportSM, OptumHealth Education (OHE) requires all those involved in the development of activity content to disclose their relevant financial relationships. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if such person (or his/her spouse/partner) has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.

Ms. Chart and Ms. Gleason have indicated that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.

The remaining activity faculty or planners have no financial relationships to disclose.

Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.

Accreditation Statement
Joint Accreditation LogoIn support of improving patient care, OptumHealth Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the health care team.

Credit Designation Statements
Nurse Practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

OptumHealth Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Academy of Family Physicians
This Enduring Material activity, Diagnosing and Documenting Dementia, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.00 Elective credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP certification begins July 22, 2019. Term of approval is for one year from this date. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

AAPC-Certified Coders
This program meets AAPC guidelines for 1.0 CEU. Can be used for Core A, CANPC and CHONC with successful completion of post-test for continuing education units.

A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been pre-approved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization with which they wish to obtain credit.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AAPC - Coders
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
Please log in to register.

You must be logged into your account to participate in this activity. Get started by clicking “Continue” and viewing the “CE Info”; then follow the prompts at the bottom of the screen. At the end of the activity, you will be able to view, save or print your certificate of participation. A complete listing of all of your activities can be found under “My Account”, “My Activities.”